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Volume 22, #39 -- Tuesday Night, May 26th, 2020
5 Backup Running Backs Who Could Win Your League

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Good Wednesday to you.

It's another big day of content as we drill down into Average Draft Positions and Auctions and Commissioner info. Plus a killer guide on finding some RB2 diamonds in the rough that might turn into league winners.

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Now let's get to the content and the News And Notes from our Cecil Lammey.

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A. 5 Backup Running Backs Who Could Win Your League
We all know there are a handful of players out there sitting behind a starter in May that could well have a huge role in November. They're the late-round guys who can provide early-round value and they're the key to winning your league.

Our Jordan McNamara identifies five running backs who might fit this bill.

B. Average Draft Position (ADP) Updated For PPR Scoring
It's not enough to know where you'd draft a player. To get maximum draft value, you need to know where the other people in your league want to draft the player. That's where our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your edge. This one is for PPR scoring.

C. Average Draft Position (ADP) Updated For Non-PPR Scoring
It's not enough to know where you'd draft a player. To get maximum draft value, you need to know where the other people in your league want to draft the player. That's where our Average Draft Position (ADP) data is your edge. This one is for Non-PPR scoring.

D. Commissioner Guide, Part 6: League Formats
Our Chad Parsons continues the Commissioner Series. In this one he compares the different league formats.

E. Auction Primer: Section I
Auction Leagues are my absolute favorite way to play. There's an added level of strategy and gamesmanship. Plus you're never locked out of the player you're dying to have. As long as you have the salary available.

Our Jeff Pasquino dives into this series and opens with Auction Leagues for beginners.


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1. CHI - Preseason to determine QB1 in Chicago

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday, May 26, QBs Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles will both see time working with the starters in preseason games.

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Trubisky was supposed to be the franchise quarterback for the Bears but he has disappointed as a pro. Foles has experience and a championship history. He's worked under Nagy before when he was with the Chiefs, so Foles may not take that long to get up to speed. In fact, Foles may just end up winning the starting job. We'll see how this shakes out in training camp.

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2. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa could play as a rookie

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa could play if he wins the job at some point this season, according to sources. The team would prefer to start QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the coaches aren't opposed to starting Tagovailoa.

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Tagovailoa is the franchise quarterback the Dolphins have been searching for since Dan Marino retired. If healthy, he could end up being one of the best quarterbacks in the game. Tagovailoa is coming off hip surgery and we could see Fitzpatrick begin the regular season as the starter. If Fitzpatrick struggles as the starter, then the team could turn things over to the rookie.

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3. NFL - RB Devonta Freeman plans to play

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) said he does not plan to retire and believes he can play 10 more seasons.

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Oof, 10 more seasons is...unrealistic. We give credit to the veteran for not wanting to walk away, but he's also not going to get the price tag he wants. We'll see if he is willing to accept a lower price tag and a clear reserve role to play in 2020.

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4. HOU - RB Duke Johnson to benefit from full offseason

Source: HoustonTexans.com - Drew Dougherty

Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson will gain a better understanding of the offense during his first full offseason with the team, according to offensive coordinator Tim Kelly. 'A lot of this stuff that we're covering right now, it's the first time (Johnson and David Johnson) really being able to kind of hear it in-depth and it's really, really good.'

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Johnson can be utilized as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He'll be a change-of-pace back behind starter and lead back David Johnson. Duke Johnson has some deep flex appeal in PPR leagues because of his ability as a receiving back.

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5. NYJ - QB Joe Flacco expects to miss first few weeks

Source: ESPN.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Joe Flacco (neck) said Tuesday, May 26, on SiriusXM NFL Radio he won't be ready for the season opener following offseason surgery. 'I can't speak to exactly when I'm going to be ready, but it will not be Day 1,' Flacco said. Rich Cimini of ESPN expects Flacco to debut for the Jets in mid-September.

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The Jets picked up Flacco as veteran insurance behind Sam Darnold. He won't be ready for the start of the regular season but may avoid the PUP list. Flacco did not impress last year with the Broncos, so don't expect much if he's pressed into duty with the Jets.

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6. NE - N'Keal Harry to play quicker in 2020

Source: NFL Network - Mike Giardi

New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry has been working on his footwork this offseason in an effort to be quicker in 2020. Harry has also been working on creating more separation.

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Harry is a run-after-the-catch specialist but you wouldn't call him quick off the line of scrimmage. We'll see if this extra work can come through on the field in 2020. In his rookie season, Harry barely produced in seven games, catching only 12 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. In deeper leagues, Harry is worth considering as a WR6 or WR7 with upside.

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7. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes steady under pressure

Source: Pro Football Focus

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has the top passing grade when under pressure over the last two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Mahomes is cool under fire. He's got the ability to buy time with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Add in the fact that he can make most any throw from any platform and it's easy to see how dangerous Mahomes can be under pressure.

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8. JAX - DJ Chark Jr.'s potential untapped?

Source: 1010XL AM - Hays Carlyon

Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark Jr. can do a little more due to his size, speed and ability to get out of breaks, according to offensive coordinator Jay Gruden Tuesday, May 26. Gruden called Chark an excellent physical specimen and said the third-year receiver will move around and play out of the slot some in 2020.

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Chark has shown a high level of ability as a pro. He's coming off a career-high 73-catch, 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019. That made him the no.17 wide receiver in standard-scoring leagues last year. He's got a strong connection with QB Garnder Minshew and could outperform his current ADP of WR28 (6.05) in 12-team leagues.

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9. LAR - Brycen Hopkins had drop issues

Source: TheRams.com - J.B. Long

Los Angeles Rams fourth-round pick TE Brycen Hopkins had seven drops at Purdue last season, but his targets went up from 54 to 91. He finished 2019 with 61 receptions for 830 yards and seven scores. 'Man! I don't want to come up with excuses,' Hopkins said. '(Critics) don't like to give me any credibility for the catches, for any of the good catches I had. It's all about drops. It's something I'm working on. It's all concentration. It's not like I don't have hands. I've shown everybody that I can catch. It's just something I will be working on; I will get better at.'

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His drop rate was pretty bad in college. PFF reports that Hopkins had 22 career drops on 152 catchable passes. We'll see if he can clean that part of his game up. Hopkins will serve as a no.3 tight end behind Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett in 2020.

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10. SEA - Colby Parkinson has sure hands

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - Stacy Rost

Seattle Seahawks fourth-round pick TE Colby Parkinson didn't drop a pass in 2019 at Stanford. He had 48 catches for 589 yards and one touchdown. Parkinson doesn't have blazing speed, but he has a good understanding of route running and space. Stanford used him all over the field.

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Parkinson had only three drops in 165 career targets at Stanford. He's a huge target, standing at 6-feet-7-inches and knows how to use his frame to secure passes. Parkinson is not much of a threat after the catch, and his blocking needs work. The rookie will try to work his way up the depth chart in 2020. Seattle has Greg Olsen and Will Dissly atop the depth chart this season.

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11. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey got it done after catch

Source: Sports Info Solutions

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey amassed 1,009 yards after the catch in 2019 - 43 more than second-place Austin Ekeler (966) and 137 more than any other back since at least 2015, according to Sports Info Solutions.

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McCaffrey was the third back to be part of the 1,000/1,000 club in NFL history. He joined Roger Craig (49ers) and Marshall Faulk (Rams) to rush for over 1,000 yards and go over 1,000 yards receiving in the same season. A large part of his game is about making defenders miss. He could reach similar numbers in 2020.

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12. KC - Deep ball paid off for QB Patrick Mahomes

Source: Pro Football Focus

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for a league-high 13 touchdowns on passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield in 2019.

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That comes from his arm strength, accuracy and ability to keep plays alive with his feet. It also helps to have a speedster like Tyreek Hill snaring passes. We should see similar production in this metric in 2020.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J